Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Celebrating Panama Audubon Society's 50 years!

That's right, Panama Audubon Society (PAS) turns 50!  And for the occasion they have organized a series of activities to share with members and general public, celebrating our birds.  We started last weekend with the first of a series of Sunday trips.  Many members of the board of directors (including me) accompanied our guide for the day, my friend Justo Camargo, very early at the Metropolitan Natural Park, where we met the participants.  Former PAS president, Darien Montañez, opened the event before heading to the trails.
However, I decided to accompany Rosabel Miró (PAS Executive Director), Yenifer Díaz (and his mom) and Celeste Paiva, who expected a very special group of participants to the event: a group of 16 fifth-grade kids and teachers of one of the Elementary Schools where PAS conducts its environmental education program "Aulas Verdes" (Green Classrooms).
Rosabel and Yenifer in front of the group!
Rosabel gave them commemorative t-shirts as a gift, and lent them binoculars.  After a little introduction to birdwatching, we walked slowly around the installations, bordering the forest. The experience of sharing your love for nature and birds with those kids is amazing.  They were curious and interested in everything I was saying...
And everything we were showing...  thanks God the birds were particularly cooperative, allowing great scoped views... like this day-roosting Chuck-will's-widow.
Or this Common Potoo at the little park by the gate of the main trails.
The event was a great success, and we will repeat the experience every sunday of this month... here is the schedule for the trips to come: 
1.  Sunday, october 13th: Parque Municipal Summit (7:00 am - 9:30 am)
2.  Sunday, october 20th: Cerro Ancon (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
3.  Sunday, october 27th: Panama Viejo (7:30 am - 11:00 am)
Join us and celebrate with us our 50 years!

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